The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase takes place towards the end of Day Three when it comes to the Cheltenham Festival, with the runners and riders only confirmed close to the start of the race.

Siruh Du Lac was the winner of the 2019 race for trainer Nick Williams, with female jockey Lizzie Kelly riding the six-year-old to glory, while Road to Respect was another six-year-old who triumphed in 2017.

One of the more likely runners in the Brown Advisory is Ben Dundee who ran very well at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival. The eight-year-old finished third in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase at odds of 33/1, with Gordon Elliott likely to send his charge into the race.

The fact that Ben Dundee was trading at 33/1 meant that he outran his particular odds, with the horse having run well at Navan and Leopardstown this season. We know that the charge can adapt to the conditions at Cheltenham and the horse could open as favourite.

Riders Onthe Storm ran in the same race at the Festival in 2019, although the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained horse fell in the Close Brothers race and will return to the racecourse hoping to stay on his feet this time.

The horse has scored two victories this season, with the seven-year-old winning the Virgin Bet Handicap Chase at Aintree when trading as the 4/1 co-favourite, while this was followed up by a victory in the Betfair Exchange Graduation Chase.

Spiritofthegames is certainly a horse that knows his way around Cheltenham racecourse, with the eight-year-old having finished second at Prestbury Park in December and January.

The Dan Skelton-trained horse ran into second in a Gold Cup Handicap Chase despite trading at 40/1, with the runner coming off second best to Warthog in the run-in, while it was another second place finish in a Grade 3 race on 25 January and the horse has to be considered again.